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Percentage Of Options Expiring Worthless: Debunking A Myth

“Selling covered call options and cash-secured puts is a smarter strategy than buying options because 90% of options expire worthless“. We’ve all heard this argument but never from me because it is simply not accurate. The reason so many venues present this statement as truth is because only 10% of option contracts are exercised. That is true. [...]

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Emergency Management Report: Dealing with Volatile and Bearish Markets:Re-Publication

I am re-publishing this article due to the extreme nature of market behavior this week, something we have come to experience periodically. It is important to re-act non-emotionally until our market stabilizes which it always does. Over the weekend I will also publish the blog article I have been working on this week. Stay calm! [...]

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Short Interest Explained

Covered call writers and put-sellers are always looking for metrics to improve trading results. Recently, we have had several inquiries about adding short-interest to the screening process. Over the years we have enhanced our Premium Member Stock and ETF Reports based on feedback we have received from you, our members. For example, we added ex-dividend [...]

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Ask Alan 113 – “Understanding Dividend Distributions”

Alan answers a question posed by Frank, who asks: “On May 15th I received a $0.40 dividend from Costco (COST) but on February 27th the dividend was $5.00. Why is there such a big difference in the dividend amount and how do these effect our option trades?” ——— It’s the 2nd Wednesday of the month. [...]

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Selling Cash-Secured Puts On An Index

The index short put strategy is a form of selling cash-secured puts. It is a bullish strategy with the goal of generating premiums selling put options that expire worthless. Traditionally, at-the-money strikes are sold. As opposed to using stocks and exchange-traded funds as the underlying securities, index options are cash-settled at a profit if the strikes [...]

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Rolling Out Decisions: Evaluating a Real Life Trade

Rolling options is an important exit strategy choice when selling covered call and put options. Options can be rolled up and down in the same contract month or a future contract month. For the most part, we roll down in the same contract month and roll out or out-and-up in the next contract month.  I [...]

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Rolling Up in the Same Contract Month: Evaluating a Real-Life Trade

Mastering exit strategies is one of the three required skills for covered call writing as well as selling cash-secured puts. In this article I will review and evaluate a real-life trade executed by one of our members. The trade involves rolling up in the same contract month with BWLD when share price accelerates significantly.   [...]

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Ex-Dividend Dates: Rules for Standard and Special Dividends

Dividends impact option premiums. When a dividend is distributed the cash holdings of a corporation is decreased and therefore the company and its stock are worth less. The eligibility to receive the dividend depends on several factors including the size of the dividend. First, let’s define some terms: Types of dividends Standard dividends: A distribution [...]

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How to Generate 10% Per Year in Bear Markets by Selling Stock Options

Covered call writing and put-selling generate monthly cash flow with the inherent risk of share depreciation. One of the major advantages of these conservative strategies is that they can be tailored to all market environments. In today’s article I will address one way to “stay in the game” even when market conditions are working against [...]

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Premium Stock Reports: Final Selections for Our Option-Selling Portfolios

The Blue Collar Premium Stock reports list eligible candidates for both covered call writing and selling cash secured puts. These files historically contain between forty to sixty securities and our members have developed many innovative ways to make final decisions as to which securities will be included in the current month’s portfolio. In this article, I [...]

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